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Academy for Neuroscience for Architecture

Brain scan of a patient thinking about the Farnsworth House.

Brain scan of a patient thinking about the Farnsworth House.

Written by Scott M B Gustafson

I am heading down to the Salk Institute in La Jolla for the 2014 Academy for Neuroscience for Architecture conference. The Academny is a cross disciplinary group of scientists, architects and designers who study how the brain responds to environmental stimuli and aim to improve their designs with this knowledge. For certain great designs contain a spark of magic, but there’s not reason why the magic can’t be influenced by some solid science too.

Shower With A Friend

Conservation advice from The Envolve Project.

Conservation advice from The Envolve Project.

California is in the midst of the worst drought ever recorded. Earlier this year Governor Jerry Brown called on everyone to voluntarily reduce their consumption by 20%. As a child growing up in Illinois I heard stories of people in California taking short showers. Get wet, turn off the water, soap up and lather the shampoo, run the water on to rinse and you’re done. It’s a Navy shower for those living on shore. I’ve adopted the practice in order to do my part (though the suggestion in the photo above sounds much more fun.) I have the water running to less than one minute.

Unseen Los Angeles

Los Angeles resident Ian Wood, a self described professional technologist and amateur aerial videographer, created this stunning video of downtown Los Angeles. To see the detail on the old buildings from a viewpoint that only the birds have enjoyed is simply amazing.

“Above the grit and noise of the street, downtown Los Angeles quietly provides some of the most amazing visual detail in its buildings and public art works. This is a selection of those buildings and public arts filmed across some 50 different locations in the immediate downtown area and the arts district. There are many many more locations that are not included and are equally if not more impressive.

Some of the buildings are in disrepair, some have been restored to their full glory while others have been transformed into artworks. In all of them, there is character, color and detail that makes the area a never-ending source of intrigue.”

Ian Wood

I’m following him on Vimeo and look forward to seeing more work from him. While you’re there, check out our videos on Vimeo as well.

Read about Ian’s work on Curbed LA

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